On rare occasion a rider comes along that is so unique they don't fit into BMX the way most other riders do.
in the 80s that rider was Dave Vanderspek. Dave would combine street
and flatland moves before street was really a thing and gained notoriety
for bringing a new type of riding to the masses. Among other things
Dave would do surfers while holding his skateboard and jump onto the
board. He also utilized his street surroundings while performing
flatland tricks making for some of the best photos every released in the
early bmx magazines.
Pushing the bounds of reality even further
is Tim Knoll. Tim's riding by many is considered more like BMX Parkour
as a way to explain what he does. Tim just calls it BMX freestyle.
can remember some of the first clips Tim shared on the internet where
he was doing all kinds of dark side flatland tricks with the bike upside
down mixed with handstands and flips. I have to admit when I first saw
it I didn't know what to think. As time went on and Tim's skills
improved, his edits popped up more regularly and he was able to smooth
out his style. Each video showed less and less of traditional flatland
and showed more unique and original hybrid flatland/street moves which
were more like stunts than anything else.
While Tim has never been
a contest rider or a well known sponsored pro at least for his flatland
riding, he's managed to put out two of the most well known bmx edits of
all time totaling around 300 million views. Tim has become well known
all over the world for his style of riding and even more so his video
We caught up with Tim and talked about his early gymnastics
career and how that's helped him with some of his tricks he currently
does on his bike, how he got into BMX, when he first started doing
tricks using street obstacles, which tricks were the most dangerous in
his videos, riding at Lake Owen Camp, doing backflips over box jumps,
what goes into a typical day of filming, how the mainstream reacts to
what he does, and what it's like to be YouTube famous.
So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get to know one of the most unique bmx riders on the planet.... Tim Knoll!
To learn more about Tim Knoll visit: timknollbmx.com To learn more about Chip Riggs visit: chipriggs.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @chipriggs To learn more about Kip Williamson visit: masterblasterplanet.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @kipbmx To learn more about the Space Brothers Podcast visit: spacebrotherspodcast.com